Javerbaum Wurgaft
Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, P.C.

505 Morris Ave.
Springfield, NJ 07081

Phone: (973) 379-4200
Email: Click to email Mitchell Rait

MITCHELL RAIT

PARTNER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mitchell Rait has represented employers and employees in all areas of labor and employment law for over thirty years. He has handled all types of employment matters, including claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, breach of contract and whistleblower litigation. He has litigated employment law related matters before federal and state courts as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, and the Office of Administrative Law. Mr. Rait began his career practicing labor, employment and benefits law on behalf of management handling union negotiations and elections, NLRB elections, wrongful discharge and employment discrimination cases. Today, he advises both corporate clients and individuals regarding employment terminations, sexual harassment, employment contracts, and restrictive covenants.

Mr. Rait serves as Executive Director of the Firm, overseeing the day-to-day operations of finance, human resources, marketing, and facilities. He is responsible for the Firm’s business development activities including seminars, newsletters, public relations and community engagement.

Martindale-Hubbell recognizes him as an AV® rated attorney, the highest such rating available to any individual lawyer. The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings system is based on the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Mr. Rait was elected a “Super Lawyer” in 2005.

Professional Honors

  • Highest rating (A-V) from Martindale-Hubbell for legal competence and ethical integrity
  • Super Lawyer in New Jersey in the Employment Litigation category by Law & Politic, as published in New Jersey Monthly Magazine, 2005
  • Recipient, Essex County Bar Association’s Bernard J. Kuttner Pro Bono Service Award.
  • Commissioner and Founder, New Jersey Lawyers Basketball League

Associations

  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member, Labor and Employment Law Section; Law Office Management Section
  • Essex County Bar Association, Board of Trustees
  • Association of Legal Administrators, Board of Trustees, New Jersey Chapter; Member, New York Chapter
  • Legal Marketing Association, Past-President, New York Chapter
  • Millburn – Short Hills Chamber of Commerce, Past-President
  • Covenant House, Board of Trustees and Legal Counsel
  • Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • Marketing For Lawyers, Published by American Lawyer Media, Editorial Board Member
  • Huntington’s Disease Society of New Jersey, Corporate & Professional Advisory Committee

Presentations and Publications

  • New Jersey Technology Council, CIO Conference, Data Management: Playing by the Rules
  • Author, New Jersey Supreme Court Clarifies Sexual Harassment Law, Employment Law Advisor
  • News 12 TV “New Jersey Business” with Marlene Waldock, “The Business of Law”
  • New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Moderator, Legal Marketing
  • Featured, Newark Star Ledger, When Rude Behavior Puts Businesses at Risk
  • Author, Social Security “No Match” Letters, Employment Law Advisor
  • Author, Company Holiday Parties: a Breeding Ground for Sexual Harassment, Employment Law Advisor
  • Author, Developing an Ad Campaign in Two Strategy Phases, Marketing for Lawyers
  • New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Marketing Update
  • Featured, Newark Star-Ledger, The Business of Law
  • Author, Creating and Marketing a Mediation Practice Group, Marketing for Lawyers
  • Featured, New Jersey Law Journal, Marketing Becomes a Full-Time Job
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Florida Chapter, 19th Annual Institute, Marketing Your Law Firm
  • National Law Firm Marketing Association, Law Firm Marketing in the Next Millennium: How Will We Be Profitable?
  • Featured, New Jersey Law Journal, Inside Hiring Decision
  • Author (with Deborah Brightman Farone), Getting the Most from a Marketing Director, New York Law Journal
  • Author, Developing Your Referral Network, Law Marketing Exchange
  • Author, Marketing Within the Legal Community, Law Marketing Exchange
  • Contributing Editor, Personnel Manager’s Legal Letter, monthly employee relations law newsletter published by ProPub Inc.
  • Florida Bar Association Family Law Section, Marketing Your Law Practice
  • French-American Chamber of Commerce, New York Chapter, Current Issues in Labor and Employment Law
  • American Association for Affirmative Action, Region II Conference, Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, Employee Handbooks and Employment-at-Will
  • Author, The Future of Law Firm Marketing, Law Marketing Exchange
  • Featured, Crain’s New York Business, White Shoe Firms Deign to Market
  • New York City Chamber of Commerce, Living with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • NALFMA, New York Chapter, The Use of Directories in Law Firm Marketing
  • Author, Litigation Avoidance: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Manufacturing and Management Magazine
  • Manufacturing and Management Association, Labor and Employment Law Update

Author, Rejection of Collective Bargaining Agreements Under Section 1113 of the Bankruptcy Code: the Second Circuit Enters the Arena, 63 Am. Bankr. L.J. 355

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey State Bar
  • United States District Court for New Jersey
  • New York State Bar
  • United States District Courts for Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Pennsylvania State Bar

Education

  • St. John’s University School of Law, J.D. 1987
  • New York University, Stern School of Business, B.S. 1984